33 Circus Lions Have Arrived in South Africa


Lion at Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary


With YOUR help, all 33 lions got on the flight and arrived safely at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.

Nine of the lions traveled four days in crates from Colombia where they were joined by the other 24 in Lima, Peru. After a 15-hour flight, they touched in Johannesburg, and it was another six-hour drive to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary. Then the moment finally happened. The lions took their first steps onto African soil.

From years living in circuses cages to this, it’s their first taste of freedom, the first time they feel grass, the first time they rub against a tree, and the first time they roar purely for pleasure and not to entertain. The lions explored their new territory as they arrived shortly after dawn at their new home on the 12,000-acre Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in the north of South Africa, where they will live out their lives.

It’s because of YOU, our passionate community of donors, the largest lion airlift was made possible. These lions will spend the rest of their lives in a private reserve, where they will be free to roam and take long naps under the African sun. GreaterGood is committed to the well-being and continued care of all 33 lions. We will keep you updated of any involvement opportunities in caring for these lions.

From the bottom of our hearts, all of us at GreaterGood thank you for your incredible support.


Lion In Transit